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Self Care Sunday: Eating for your Skin Type

As the saying goes: you are what you eat. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to clear up your skin and you still aren’t seeing the results you want then maybe it’s time to turn towards your diet. We are supremely connected beings and there is a cause and effect for everything within our bodies. Skin care concerns that aren’t being addressed by your skin care regimen could likely stem from a problem with your diet and/or lifestyle. This is an ancient ayurvedic principle that has been fact-checked by modern medicine.

I know green juices/smoothies can seem like a trendy millennial breakfast but they are actually a great way to activate the daily vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin in any skin type. Continue reading below for more information on which foods can help alleviate or exacerbate certain skin concerns and how to eat right for your skin type.

Acneic Skin Type

Eating low-glycemic foods is the key to keeping your breakouts in check. Berries, grapefruit, leafy greens, and most non-starchy vegetables should be your go-to snacks. Sugars—both processed and the natural variety—are prone to elevate testosterone levels. This leads to the hormonal imbalances that can cause breakouts on the skin.You’ll want to avoid foods containing lots of sugars, alcohol, peanut byproducts, caffeine, dairy, soy, and gluten. Acneic skin types also benefit from being a light drinker. One too many alcoholic drinks can wreak havoc on your skin for up to 28 days in women. Peanuts and peanut byproducts are considered high-androgen foods which are known to exacerbate acne. Dairy, soy, and gluten are known to clog pores and can be especially troubling for those with cystic acne.

 

Sensitive Skin Type

With sensitive skin types, balancing your diet includes watching what you eat and also what you drink. Spicy foods, foods high in sugars, and too much salt can lead to inflammation and dehydration—the latter which exacerbates sensitive skin. Foods that contain and are naturally high in quercetin and essential fatty acids should be your go to. These ingredients are naturally found in: leafy greens, tomatoes, red onion, buckwheat, peppers, and olive oil. Buckwheat is particularly helpful for sensitivities caused by rosacea. Alcohol and caffeine are not friendly to the sensitive skin type… and, sadly, you’ve got to cut soda too.

Dry Skin Type

If your skin is dry, then you already know hydration is everything. First things first: you want to make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking lots of water. And you’ll also want to keep that hydration going throughout the day by eating hydrating fruits and vegetables. Your go-to snacks should be: citrus fruits, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, cucumber, lettuce, and spinach. That’s right. Salads and fruit cups are the way to go for you my dear dry skin type. But you can also have foods high in omega fatty acids like eggs, salmon and walnuts. Drinking in moderation is important for you as too much can throw your skin of its game.

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin types will want to avoid the same foods as the acneic skin types since the triggers for these two skin types is often similar. However, it is suggested that oily skin types eat foods that are high in fiber. Fiber aids in detoxifying the body. To perfect your glow, try eating whole grains, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, beans, tuna, soy, and pumpkin seeds. You’ll also want to take a cue from the dry skin types and hydrate heavily. Getting your proper daily amount of water can also help flush toxins and discourage an overproduction of sebum.

So if you see something on the list that you now know you should avoid, try making and adjustment in your diet and let me know how it goes. If you’d like a more in-depth skin care consultation, you can book one with me anytime. They are free when you come visit the spa!

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Things You Absolutely Need to Know About Your Skin Type

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards healthier skin but before we can get into your personal skin type, we’ve got to set some ground rules. First things first: do not get attached to your skin type. Our skin is always evolving and while you may discover that your skin is one way today, you could have a totally different skin type six months, a year, or a decade from now. The general rule of thumb is that our skin types change as we get older. Secondly, everyone is unique. The information presented in this post describes general indications of each skin type. To be sure of the skin you’re in, book an appointment with your esthetician or dermatologist. Lastly, don’t fret if you discover your skin isn’t what you were expecting. Remember, our skin is always changing and chances are that your skin type will change for the better as you learn more about properly caring for your skin.

So What’s My Skin Type?

The main skin types are normal, combination, oily, dry, and sensitive. These are determined by a few different factors including genetics, size of pores, hydration, elasticity, softness, moisturization, and overall sensitivity. Despite seeing ourselves in our skin everyday, we may not be able to notice subtle changes in our skin’s elasticity or softness but your esthetician can usually spot a difference in one visit during the skin analysis. Below are just a few of the main indicators of each skin type.

Normal Skin Type

Key indicators of a normal skin type are: glowing skin, perfect lipid (oil)/water balance, and a barely visible, normal follicle size. You also will rarely find blemishes or breakouts. If you have a normal skin type, maintenance and preventative care will be your main skin goals.

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin types are typically determined by excess sebum (oil), larger follicle size, thicker or sallow skin appearance, and blemishes/comedones will be common. Hormonal changes, stress, and humidity or heat can exacerbate an oily skin type. If you have an oily skin type, cleansing and exfoliating regularly will be a key factor in your skincare regimen–this includes washing your face twice a day (perhaps a gentle cleanser in the mornings and an exfoliating cleanser before bed) and/or with cool water after an intense workout. Though this skin type may experience more breakouts, it is imperative that you don’t pick at or pop your blemishes as it can lead to scarring and prevent you from achieving clear, blemish free skin.

Dry Skin Type

If you have a dry skin type this means that your skin lacks the natural oils that protect us from everyday environmental damage and aging. Dry skin types are also more sensitive as the acid mantle and barrier function are not healthy due to a lack of lipids. You can typically determine a dry skin type by texture (sometimes rough), very small follicles, dull complexion, visible lines, and less elasticity.

Combination Skin Type

A combination skin type will usually mean that your skin is either Normal/Oily, Normal/Dry, or (in very rare instances) a combination of all three. Combination skin types will notice an oily T-zone while their cheeks and other areas will either be normal or dry and be flaky, enlarged follicles, more blackheads, and the skin will appear shiny. Some combination skin types will also experience breakouts in their T-zone area occasionally. Keeping your combination skin type under control requires achieving an oil/water balance and proper maintenance.

Sensitive Skin Type

Sensitive skin types require careful attention and care as it is the most fragile skin type. Key indicators of sensitive skin include: redness, thin skin, telangiectasia (couperose skin), and is easily irritated by the sun and/or products (itching or burning). Some of these indicators are not as visible on darker skin so if you think you may have a sensitive skin type make sure your esthetician is experienced in working with your skin tone as well as your skin type. With a sensitive skin type, you want to make sure you are keeping your skin calm and protected at all times.

Everyone has one of these five skin types but other things can happen on our skin as well. Those are skin conditions and it’s important to note that skin types are not the same as skin conditions. We’ll explore skin conditions more in our next post. You can learn more about skin types here. Remember to book an appointment with your esthetician to learn more about caring for your skin type and keeping your natural glow!

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